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    Superficial Small Groups

    October 23, 2015
    Here is a funny video we watched in one of our growth groups last night. Thankfully I don't think we have any groups even remotely like this!




    What is the purpose of growth groups?


    Glorifying God through gospel growth and Christian growth. 

    • Gospel Growth – Those who have received God’s mercy in his Son want all the world to know; therefore these groups are committed to the spread of the gospel into every nook and cranny of Newberry.
    • Christian Growth –Christians are to be growing in their knowledge of God, remaining faithful, and submitting to Christ in every sphere of life; therefore these groups are committed to learning and applying God’s Word, lifting one another up before the throne of grace in prayer, training and using God’s gifts to multiply ministry, and supporting and encouraging one another through personal relationships.
    • It gives us an opportunity to love and encourage other people in Christ. This, after all, is what the Christian life is about. We are commanded to love other people as Christ has loved us, to lay down our lives for them as Christ did for us. We go to growth groups not primarily to have our needs met, but to meet the needs of others. – 1 John 3:11-20; 4:7-21
    • It provides a context for Christians to fulfill all the one-another commands of the Bible.
    • It provides a context for Christians to minister their spiritual gifts – 1 Peter 4:11
    • We grow in Christlikeness together. We need Christian community to spur us on in order to change into ever increasing Christlikeness. Ephesians 4. 1 Corinthians 12:27
    • It gives us a place where we can direct newcomers to get connected.
    • It is a good base from which to reach the lost. 

    Why are growth groups valued?

    • It gives us an opportunity to love and encourage other people in Christ. This, after all, is what the Christian life is about. We are commanded to love other people as Christ has loved us, to lay down our lives for them as Christ did for us. We go to growth groups not primarily to have our needs met, but to meet the needs of others. – 1 John 3:11-20; 4:7-21
    • It provides a context for Christians to fulfill all the one-another commands of the Bible.
    • It provides a context for Christians to minister their spiritual gifts – 1 Peter 4:11
    • We grow in Christlikeness together. We need Christian community to spur us on in order to change into ever increasing Christlikeness. Ephesians 4. 1 Corinthians 12:27
    • It gives us a place where we can direct newcomers to get connected.
    • It is a good base from which to reach the lost. 

    Have you joined one yet? 



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